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Local LIers comments on MLK, Obama

Tom Pisano, 40, Shirley, insurance claims adjuster.

"I think he would want him to continue to do the right thing with the civil rights movement. Like the issue of gays in the military. When he first came in to office, he kind of flip-flopped on the issue. He said one thing in the campaign and then went against it. I think Dr. King would have asked him to be more consistent."

Dexis Ventura, 21, a deli worker from Copiague.

"He would say to Barack Obama, 'Congratulations, you've done a very good job.' But he would say, "Can you help black people a little bit more and can you work more for everyone on race to get over our differences.' "

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Frank Palmisano, 62, of Massapequa, a stationary engineer for Queens College.

"He would tell him to try to make peace in Afghanistan without using violent means: I know diplomacy is hard at this point, but war isn't the answer."

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Riccardio Smith, 47, of Amityville, unemployed.

"He would say to keep the health care reform going and to stop efforts to keep Hispanic people from standing by the streets looking for jobs because they need to work. They need to find jobs to help them get where they need to be in life. And in Afghanistan, he would say, 'Stop the war.' "

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